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No new science courses at LU!

india Updated: Jul 04, 2006 00:24 IST

SCIENCE FACULTY board has refused the proposal to start new courses in the Science stream, both at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level, at the Lucknow University from the new academic session. At a meeting of the Science faculty board held on Monday, heads of the department unanimously decided not to start the new courses since there aren’t enough infrastructure available required for the courses.

According to teachers, LU bosses have not made adequate preparations for introducing new courses. Neither have expert teachers been appointed nor adequate laboratories been constructed to meet the requirement. Some of the new courses proposed include Nanotechnology, Material Sciences, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Micro Biology, etc. The refusal by the board would be a great setback for LU V-C RP Singh.

Two of the proposed courses—Material Science and Nanotechnology—are close to the V-C’s heart. But teachers had altogether a different view. They said: “We cannot befool students by charging high fees yet not providing them with best facility.” According to the teachers, they thought over the matter seriously and decided not to go ahead with the proposed new courses.

The decision taken by the Science faculty board just might set a precedent for the Arts faculty board that meets on Tuesday. The V-C had an ambitious plan to launch about 50 new courses from the new session. He had spoken about the same from different forum and at several Press meets. But the Science teachers have turned the table round. It would be interesting to see what step the V-C takes.  

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